Airlift to America


Part 1

Part 2

This video memorializes the September 17, 2009 reception held by Airlift organizers Cora Weiss, Theodore Kheel and Mathilde Krim near the United Nations. The reception was attended by several hundred invitees, including many with ties to the airlifts. Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita of Kenya, Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, and Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, of Tanzania co-hosted the event and spoke at it, along with Diana Ofwona, the daughter of an airlift student, now with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Niger; Olara Otunnu, friend of Barack Obama, Sr., former foreign minister of Uganda, former Under Secretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict at the United Nations; and Haron Andima, airlift student, now a professor at Bronx Community College.

Support for this website was provided by the TASK Foundation, named for its founders, Ted and Ann S. Kheel, who helped organize the airlift and hosted airlift students at their house.